Devonshire (Balham)

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Devonshire (Balham)

Head north from Balham station or south from Clapham South and you’ll pass a few pubs, including this huge Young’s operation. Wicker furniture on the terrace (weather permitting) is a nice touch; inside, the open-plan front area, kitted out with contemporary sofas and banquettes, feels both lived-in and looked after, a world away from some of the more workaday pubs owned and operated by the same brewery across the city.

A dividing wall covered in memorabilia – a Clash gig ticket from the ‘16 Tons’ tour, images of a life lived in and around music and pubs – sections off a dining area with a tasteful mural running around it. The wine list is long for a Young’s pub, with more than three dozen varieties; burgers and salads are joined on the food menu by sharing platters.

The star attraction in summer is the yard at the back, which they call a 'garden' but is in fact an outdoor dining area with a very busy barbecue station. This is in operation from 6-10pm Mon-Fri, and 1-10pm Sat, Sun. The garden itself is open noon-11pm daily.



Venue name: Devonshire (Balham)
Address: 39 Balham High Road
SW12 9AN
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Fri; noon-1am Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Food served noon-9.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-10.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
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3.7 / 5

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The Devonshire used to my one of my favourite pubs in Balham.The staff were usually friendly and it had some good food.The pub quiz was always a lot of fun as well but recently the Devonshire underwent some refurbishment and since then I do not think I will be going back.The staff are extremely rude and unhelpful, you will often be left standing for a very long time before you have to go chase someone down just to order a drink.When you do order a drink you will probably find that most of the beers will be out and you are left with only one option.We decided to try the pub quiz again after taking a long break but good luck if you can even hear the questions over the muffled microphoneand black and white print outs which make the quiz very low rate.

I would suggest you spend your money on a place that has the beers you want and staff that are friendly and happy to be there.  Hopefully they will make a few changes by the summer as they do have an excellent beer garden and it would be a shame to have that ruined by poor staff. 

Elizabeth J

This isn't just a pub as on Monday mornings there is even a breastfeeding cafe that meets there so is now a hub of the family focused community! (undergoing renovations now, but re-opening soon!)

James G

My local pub. In all honesty, it's quite a strange place. There's a good wine list and selection of beers, the staff are helpful and friendly, and the food is very good (if a bit pricey). The atmosphere is what lets it down slightly, due to an almost hotel-style layout, tall ceilings and central bar. When it's busy, it's great, but in quieter times it feels bizarre. 


Write a review... So this review is based on my Yummy Xmas Dinner, my delightful and eye opening whisky masterclass and of course a shout out to the wonderful, cheery, fantastic staff, service and quality of this local pub.

Situated on Balham High Road , conveniently at the end  of a long pub crawl from the Exhibit, Hagen & Hyde, B@1, you can find yourself in this wonderfully cosy pub. It has it all - cocktails, beer, gastro food, beer garden, log fire, comfy sofas, quiz nights, sky sports- it really is a one stop shop for your socialising!

But let's get down to the grub ! I was blown away when my friend and I entered to sit down for our Xmas Dinner , December the 1st and jumpers on . We pre booked our meal and our table was decorated with Christmas Crackers and aromatic decorations and candles, we even had personal name cards with our dinner options on! A lovely touch although it meant i couldn't pretend I had ordered my mates' meal should I have food envy!

For starters my taste buds were treated to thick slices of chorizo, parma ham, olives and chunky warm fresh bread whilst my friend enjoyed quality salmon with capers. 

The mains were an absolute winner. Alicia went traditional with turkey and all the trimmings whilst I got adventurous and downright meaty with a venison suet pudding. What was absolutely yummy was the effort with the trimmings - piping hot crispy potatoes, lashing of gravy, caramelised root vegetables and sweet red cabbage. It was nice it didn't all come on the plate but as sides to share which added to the traditional lets all share and steal each others grub, traditional Christmas affair :) My pudding was fantastic, the suet was crispy, soft and large chunks of venison with a yummy gravy inside, I couldn't have asked for better and it was a different taste out of the the ordinary! 

By puds we were stuffed but I ravaged a figgy pudding dripping with caramel sauce, it was moist, rich and creamy and bloody delicious!

Well done for an absolutely Christmas cracker of a menu that is traditional, with some nice surprises and great attention to detail with the freshness and quality of all the ingredients from the star of the dish to the sides! Gravy lovers, you will be thrilled to learn that we ordered two extra jugs on the house :) 

The price would have made any black Friday salesman jealous at a steal for £32 pp for 3 courses! Add on the fantastic service we received at no charge - we didn't get up once during the meal - although did slightly regret that after waddling out like podgy elves ready for a nap :)

To top it off, as part of booking the Christmas dinner, we were treated to a bespoke whisky cocktail masterclass. I love cocktails but never thought to go for whisky based drinks as I never thought they were sweet enough, but the Devonshire have converted me! I learned how to make whisky sours, elder flower collins and a good ol' fashioned- well- Old Fashioned! Each one offering a lovely flavour of sweet and spicy! My favourite was the whisky sour - shaken with ice, sugar syrup, lemon juice, blended whisky and topped with angostora bitters - the texture was frothy, thick and sweet!

I'm told the Devonshire are planning more one of a kind whisky experiences in January and I can't wait to try and be inspired by more unique flavours!

Seriously fantastic great for any occasion and I've never been disappointed with the quality , atmosphere , price or service!

Sue L

We held a birthday party at the Devonshire last weekend. There were 90 of us, but the staff were efficient all evening and looked after us well. The buffet was great and drew lots of positive comments.

The manager couldn't have been more helpful in helping us organise the event and checking that everything was ok. There's nothing about the evening I would change - and I'd recommend this lovely establishment to anyone - for a function especially, but also for a night out with friends.


I went to balham the Devonshire yesterday with my husband and I was pleasently surprised with the warm welcome from the staff, The food was great. Music very too. I would go back it was cool.

Alistair Morgan

i recently visited this Young's pub for the first time. The venue is amazing, a bit out dated, but amazing none the less. WHAT A SHAME THEY HAVE THE WORST MANAGER I'VE MET IN HOSPITALITY. rude. arrogant. disrespectful. lazy. The staff is AMAZING. They genuinely love their job, but somehow I don't feel it's anything to do with management, as when he left they all seemed to open up and relax more. They were efficient, fast, polite and very friendly. How does a venue of this size and potential get in the hands of such a rude horrible person. I also saw cockroaches in the downstairs kitchen. DISGUSTING. I really hope they rethink the management, as it's all that's holding them back. When him and I had a bump in and he was rude to me, a few regulars warned me 'he's always this way. don't bother'. Well, when you realise the regulars go for the staff but hate the manager, you'd think something would change. Myself and friends will not be returning.


A group of us visited for a Sunday lunch. The atmosphere was good and the staff were pretty attentive throughout. We were not that impressed with the food, given that the roast was £16, we were excepting it to be delicious, but it was just about average. The burgers were nothing special either. The drinks were stupidly expensive: 2 glasses of wine came to £17!!! In most pub you get a bottle of White for £17 not 2 glasses! 3 pints of Lemonade came to £10. The pricing was all over the place for the food and especially the drink. Having said all of this, the place was nice and we would go back, just not for wine!


Great looking pub which serves good beer. However the food has gone downhill over the years and the prices have gone up. £15.50 for a roast is a joke. £12 for fish and chips which is no better than what you can get for £8 in any other pub. My friends and I feel that the prices do not reflect the quality you would expect. It's a real shame as this pub has great potential to be brilliant.


The manager was really rude. The staff a bit indifferent. The decor all a bit naff.


Haven't eaten here but think it is a GREAT venue for drinks. It's cosy and comfortable with open fires in the winter and a garden out the back for the summer. Much prefer this to many of the pubs in the area.


Nice looking pub inside and out. Shame the manager is rude and always drunk, wearing the same old scruffy clothes, stained creased blue skirt most of the time, he not only acts like a drunk, he looks like one too, he also stares at people making them feel uneasy. Shame.. what a let down for this pub, where did they find this guy??

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